Trump hit with protective order regarding social media posts

 May 9, 2023

If we all know one thing about former President Donald Trump, it's that he's not afraid to air his unfiltered feelings on any given matter, even his own legal matters. 

According to Axios, because of several posts he's made regarding the hush money case against him, via Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, a New York judge ruled this week that Trump is now limited on what he's able to post on social media.

In other words, a judge just issued an order to silence the former president.

The protective order was handed down by Acting New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan.

What's the order?

The protective order explicitly blocked Trump from discussing the case on news or social platforms, at least not without prior permission from the court.

Axios noted:

Trump cannot disseminate information about the case on "any news or social media platforms," including Truth Social, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube "without prior approval from the Court," per the order.

Prosecutors in the case originally asked the judge for some kind of control over what the former president is allowed to post about the case.

They cited the potential negative effects of Trump's posts on jurors and witnesses at the trial, which is a long way out still.

State prosecutors also "asked for a protective order that would prevent Trump from sharing discovery materials on social media or sharing them with third parties."

Social media reacts

A number of Trump supporters voiced their opposition to the protective order, with some citing a clear First Amendment violation at play.

"This judge is being very unfair! Trump should be allowed to respond to MSM or Biden claims/BS! But hey, guess we should expect this living in a communist country!" one Twitter user wrote.

Others took bets on how soon the former president will violate the order, and if so, if the judge will take action.

Only time will tell if Trump tests the waters on the new rules, but knowing that he's never afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to defending his character and his family, it's probably only a matter of time before we find out.

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